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'Britain's Got Talent' In 'Fake' Row As Prankster Claims Auditions Are 'Contrived And Manipulative'

'This show sets itself up as an innocent talent show... I don’t think it’s that.'

06/02/2017 12:35

’Britain’s Got Talent’ is at the centre of a fakery row, after comedian Simon Brodkin made a series of claims about his experience while undercover at auditions. 

The TV pranskter has branded ‘BGT’ “contrived and manipulative”, after he posed in disguise as an Orthodox Jewish rapper trying out for the judges. 

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Simon, the man behind comedy character Lee Nelson, filmed his insight while auditioning in January 2016 for a new Channel 4 documentary.

Speaking to The Mirror, he has claimed ‘BGT’ producers told him to say and do certain things, and made him change parts of his act.

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Simon also told of how he attended a set of auditions with producers way before he was put in front of judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams, where they suggested changes to his performance. 

He added he was “coached” on several answers and told to “rephrase them according to their suggestions” when filming footage to air on the show. 

He later received four yeses from the judges when he performed for them, but was thrown off the show when his real identity was uncovered. 

A ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ spokesperson has refuted Simon’s claims, insisting they had asked him to change his act due to its inappropriate content. 

‘Britain’s Got Talent’ returns to ITV in the spring. 

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